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Featured Books: Indigenous Reading for Kids


2020 30 Sep
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Reading With Pride - Online Event

Celebrate the launch of three new exceptional works from HarperCollins with #HarperPresents: Reading with Pride

Join us on September 30th for an online panel featuring LGBTQ+ authors with newly published novels.

Octopus Books is pleased to be the official bookseller in Ottawa for this event, featuring Alison Taylor, Natalie Zina Walschots, and Alex Myers in a conversation with Zoe Whittall.

2020 08 Oct
12:30pm - 1:30pm

Robyn Maynard | Against the carceral state: Making (Black) freedom in a time of crisis and revolt

On October 8th, the Institute of Feminist and Gender Studies at the University of Ottawa presents a viritual talk by Robyn Maynard, keynote speaker of the annual Shirley Greenberg Lecture.

2020 17 Oct
2:30pm - 3:30pm

Book Launch: The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

Join Matt Haig, bestselling author of Notes on a Nervous Planet, for an exclusive virtual launch of his new novel, The Midnight Library.

Buy a signed copy of The Midnight Library from a participating independent retailer (that's us!) to get access to this exclusive virtual event on October 17th. Matt will be interviewed by author Bianca Marais.

2020 20 Oct
7:00pm - 8:00pm

Book Launch: Daughter of Black Lake by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Join Cathy Marie Buchanan, bestselling author of The Painted Girls, for an exclusive virtual launch of her new novel, Daughter of Black Lake.

Buy a signed copy of Daughter of Black Lake from a participating independent retailer (that's us!) to get access to this exclusive virtual event on October 20th. After attending this event you’ll get access to an exclusive video yoga class, hosted by Cathy Marie Buchanan with additional insight into her writing process.